Gotta Roll A "6" To Win In Vegas

You Need More Than Luck at "The Strip"

Tony Kelly Apr 11, 2003 0 Comment(s)

A few miles down the road there's another Strip where "7" is the lucky number. Run a "7" in a Nitro Coupe and you are on the trailer. The '02 Super Chevy Nitro Coupe champion, Dan Nickelson, already had the title wrapped up, but he kept the heat on in the final run, winning over last year's champ and this year's runner-up Jim Nordhougen. It was a fitting finale with the two top contenders doing their best right down to the last run of the season. Nickelson ran a startling 234.70 mph in 6.379 seconds to nose out Nordhougen's 220.15 mph in 6.420 seconds. There is just no time to relax and get an easy win with the field of Nitro Coupe contenders racing at Super Chevy Shows.

Beginning early on the Friday morning of the Super Chevy weekend, 25 L.A.-to-Vegas cruisers joined another half-dozen SUPER CHEVY magazine staffers at K&N Engineering in Riverside for a complimentary bite to eat to start the cruise. A few hundred miles and some hours later we rolled into the Las Vegas Raceway, none the worse for wear, for a great lunch and truly cool raffle prizes donated by several manufacturers. The cruise benefited a group of Los Angeles Police Department members-spearheaded by our friend Detective Caesar Ramirez--who have taken it upon themselves to purchase bicycle helmets for kids in L.A. who like to ride their bikes but can't afford a helmet. Hundreds of helmets have been handed out to deserving boys and girls over the years, and we're glad to help.

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SUPER CHEVY Magazine 30th Anniversary Award winner Mike Whitfield of Moreno Valley, CA, shows off the last award to be given this year. Only 20 (one at each Super Chevy Show) were chosen and it's fitting that Mike's car was one of them. It's an outstanding Tri-Five classic and he drove it with us on the L.A.-to-Vegas Cruise.

Dave and Sharon Richison of Carson City, NV, are proud of their '35 Chevy, as well they should be. The car took the Outstanding Street Rod Award from Street Rodder magazine.

What a cutey! Mel and Jeanette Ertz of Grand Junction, CO, entered this fine little '50 Chevy coupe and took home the Outstanding Custom Rod" Award from Custom Rodder Magazine. The car also took the class win for Big Car '49-54--Modified.

"Big Mike" Swinarski blasts off in the cool desert evening. Only completed for the Gainesville show, this car is not only beautiful but is a definite threat to the competition for next season. Stay tuned.

Nitro Coupe driver Mel Eaves was instrumental in establishing a once-a-season award in the name of Jerry Gannon, our friend who was killed in a jet racer crash this season. The first winner is Super Chevy Show announcer and all-around good guy, Jerry Daisey, seen accepting the award from Eaves.

Mark Newberry of Raybestos Brakes joined us on the L.A.-to-Vegas tour and was prepared to assist any broken cars, and to award one with a Hard Luck Trophy. Our Cruisers had no trouble, but at the Show we found a worthy recipient of the Trophy. Jared McNally, who came all the way from Lawrence, KS, to race his '63 Nova, first blew up a motor on Friday (did a job on it as can be seen in the foreground). He installed a new engine, then on Saturday, he put a hole in a slick. Ironically, it was possible to replace the motor, but he could not find a new tire, so he was done. At least he took home the Raybestos Trophy.

The Best Corvette Award from Trim Parts and Vette magazine went to Bill and Karen Verboon from Hanford, CA, for their unique '62 Corvette. The award is shown being presented by Darryl Bowman of Trim Parts.

Butch Jeter from Redding, CA, received lots of crowd attention for his clean '63. We gave it an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award.

What sparkles more, the trophies or the grins of the show car winners? Doesn't really matter, as everyone was a happy camper at the end of the day.

A Pro Street '69 Chevelle such as this just has to get attention. We gave an Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award to Kim and Diane Lapick of San Clemente, CA.

Rocky Carrow's '55 wagon is definitely something we'd like to have for cruising Carrow's native Las Vegas streets. When it hits the road now, he can brag about his Editor's Choice Top Ten Show Car award.

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LA to Vegas

Bright and early and itchin' to hit the road for Vegas, a great selection of Super Chevys gathered. K&N Engineering hosted the breakfast and impromptu car show at their headquarters in Riverside. Our old faithful '62 Corvette is sitting by the famous Goodmark Chevelle, and while we were there, the K&N guys worked on arranging an air filter that actually clears the hood on the Vette now that we've upgraded to Edelbrock equipment. There has to be some reason to get up this early, and we found it.

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Cars ranged from a '50 to a '99 and included Nomads, Tri-Fives of all body styles, Camaros, Corvettes, Novas, Chevelles, Impala SSs, and El Caminos. Every one of them made the trip without a hitch, and fellow travelers in more mundane modes of transportation seemed to enjoy this seldom-seen collection of American History on the Road. Gas and refreshment stops became impromptu car shows. As much fun as it seemed to be for those looking on, we can guarantee it was more fun to be in the cars. Watch for details of future cruises on our Web site, www.superchevy-web.com.

Sunday Best

By Summer Wiseman
What started out as Super Chevy Sunday has grown so much that not only does it now span a whole weekend (often including Thursdays), but an entire night is devoted to those who toil all year to make the shows possible. Racers, staffers, and company sponsors alike don their Sunday Best the Friday night of Super Chevy Vegas to present awards, thank yous, and of course, the Nitro Coupe trophy.

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Dan Nickelson accepts his Nitro Coupe Championship trophy from Race Director Bill Gustin for a hard-fought battle in the points race. It was a long, tough season, beginning with the '02 Pomona Super Chevy show, but Dan made it through with help from his family/crew.

 

 

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Tony Kelly braves dozens of airports, endless miles of road, and many weekends away from home to provide SUPER CHEVY with coverage of the Super Chevy Shows. All of his hard work has not gone unnoticed by the Autostar staff (producers of the Super Chevy Shows) of whom he's a particular favorite. In recognition, they presented him with this well-deserved plaque.

 

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Editor Terry Cole is presented with this plaque on behalf of SUPER CHEVY for the magazine's coverage and support of the Shows.

 

 

 

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As staffers of SUPER CHEVY we are often approached by an owner of a red '55 Chevy (as common as they are) who wants his car on the cover. Roger Gustin has been no exception. After months of trying to convince Tony Kelly that his car would make a great cover, we obliged. Although this cover will never hit the newsstands, we're sure that Roger will cherish it for years to come.

EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CAR AWARD WINNERS

2002 LAS VEGAS SUPER CHEVY SHOW STATS
SATURDAY AWARDS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN SHOW CARS
Rocky Carrow, Las Vegas, NV, '55 wagon
Ray St. Clair, Las Vegas, NV, '67 Camaro
Chris & Ashley Flatmoe, Sunnyvale, CA, '67 Camaro SS
Shirley Goldstrom, Las Vegas, NV, '56 Chevy
Chuck & Brenda Immormino, Victorville, CA, '71 Nova
Butch Jeter, Redding, CA, '63 Chevy
Kim & Diane Lapick, San Clemente, CA, '69 Chevelle
Christian & Marlene Morrow, Mission Viejo, CA, '66 Nova wagon
Steve Reavis, Apple Valley, CA, '94 Camaro
Nathan Sutton, Canyon Lake, CA, '65 El Camino
SPECIALTY AWARDS
BEST INTERIOR James & Sandy Eudy, Bakersfield, CA, '57 Nomad
BEST PAINT Peggy Nance, Fountain Valley, CA, '56 Nomad
BEST ENGINE Jason & Christina Cain, Mesa, AZ, '70 El Camino
BEST DETAIL SPONSORED BY RACING COMMUNICATIONS, INC. Dale Conover, Simi Valley, CA, '57 Nomad
BEST WORKMANSHIP SPONSORED BY WATERLOO INDUSTRIES Gene & Lucille Lambert, Wellsville, KS, '64 Chevelle wagon
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STOCK Dick Brandt, Riverside, CA, '70 Nova
BEST ACHIEVEMENT STREET Steve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, '69 Yenko Camaro
BEST ACHIEVEMENT MODIFIED Mike Manning, Las Vegas, NV, '69 Camaro
ESPN2 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Shirley Goldstrom, Las Vegas, NV, '49 Chevy
"TRANSPORT AWARD"--FEATHERLITE TRAILERS Steve Edwards, Oak Park, CA, '56 Chevy
"GRAPHICS AWARD"--AMERICAN COLORSCANS, INC.
Fernando Gomez, Las Vegas, NV, '94 Caprice
ISCA "AWARD OF EXCELLENCE"--ISCA
Lance Love, Nuevo, CA, '70 Chevelle
SUZUKI "OUTSTANDING 4X4" AWARD
Tom Tait, Camarillo, CA, '74 truck
"OUTSTANDING STREET ROD" AWARD--STREET RODDER MAGAZINE
Dave & Sharon Richison, Carson City, NV, '35 Chevy
"OUTSTANDING CLASSIC TRUCK" AWARD--CLASSIC TRUCK MAGAZINE
Rich McPhearson, Las Vegas, NV, '50 truck
"OUTSTANDING CUSTOM ROD" AWARD--CUSTOM RODDER MAGAZINE
Mel & Jeanette Ertz, Grand Junction, CO, '50 Chevy
SUPER CHEVY MAGAZINE 30 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Mike Whitfield, Moreno Valley, CA, '56 Chevy

SUNDAY AWARDS
SPECIALTY AWARDS
WORKMAT CAR OF THE SHOW AWARD--WORKMAT

James & Sandra Eudy, Bakersfield, CA, '57 Chevy
MEGUIAR'S "MEDALLION AWARD" FOR OUTSTANDING BODY APPEARANCE
Steve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, '48 truck
"ATTENTION TO DETAIL" AWARD--SOFFSEAL
Gene & Lucille Lambert, Wellsville, KS, '64 Chevelle
BEST OF GOLD YEAR-END SHOOTOUT--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC.
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71 El Camino
BEST OF GOLD-STOCK--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Chuck Hawkins, Hollister, CA, '57 Chevy
BEST OF GOLD-STREET--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71 El Camino
BEST DETAIL GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Barbara Hawkins, Hollister, CA, '57 Chevy
BEST PAINT GOLD CLASS--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Steve Edwards, Oak City, CA, '56 Chevy
BEST '55-57--DANCHUK MANUFACTURING
Peggy Nance, Fountain Valley, CA, '56
BEST BIG CAR--SOFFSEAL Mel & Jeanette Ertz, Grand Junction, CO, '50
BEST CAMARO--RICK'S FIRST GENERATION CAMAROS Steve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, '69
BEST CHEVELLE--ORIGINAL PARTS GROUP Lance Love, Nuevo, CA, '70
BEST CONTEMPORARY--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Michael Knight, Las Vegas, NV, '02 Monte Carlo
BEST CONVERSION--MEGUIAR'S John Whitlock, Rio Rancho, NM, '34 Ford
BEST CORVETTE--TRIM PARTS & VETTE MAGAZINE Bill & Karen Verboon, Hanford, CA, '62
BEST EARLY CHEVROLET--KIMBERLY-CLARK SCOTT
Chuck Pangus, Lake Havasu, AZ, '40
BEST EL CAMINO--AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS INC.
Randy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, '72
BEST MONTE CARLO--CHEVYMALL.COM Ren Briggs, Bullhead City, '72
BEST NOVA--WHEEL VINTIQUES Chuck & Brenda Immormino, Victorville, CA, '71
BEST OPEN--MASTERS ENTERTAINMENT
Joe Benites, Las Vegas, NV, '66 Corvair
BEST PRO STREET/PRO ENGINEERED--AEROQUIP PERFORMANCE PARTS
Kim & Diane Lapick, San Clemente, CA, '69 Chevelle
BEST TRUCK--STYLIN CONCEPTS
Sieg & Brian Montano, Albuquerque, NM, '89
CLUB PARTICIPATION
Southern California Chevelle & Camino Club
AUTOSTAR PRODUCTIONS, INC. PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Terri Gard, La Mirada, CA, '68 Camaro
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--DRAG RACE
Victor Sanchez, West Covina, CA, '67 Camaro
WATERLOO TOOLBOX WINNER--CAR SHOW
Ken Owens, El Reno, OK, '68 Chevelle
BEST APPEARING CREW--SIMPSON
Bill Hosford's Warped Speed Jet Car Team
SUPER CHEVY SHOW YOUNG STAR AWARD
Michael Wombolt Jr., Glendale, AZ, '71 Chevelle

GOLD CLASS WINNERS
GOLD '55-57--STOCK Chuck Hawkins, Hollister, CA, '57
GOLD '55-57--STOCK Barbara Hawkins, Hollister, CA, '57
GOLD '55-57 WAGON--STOCK Steve Edwards, Oak City, CA, '56
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STOCK Doug Muelder, Ventura, CA, '69
GOLD CAMARO '67-69--STREET Gary Trahan, Houma, LA, '69
GOLD EL CAMINO--STREET Fred & Belinda Smith, Alta Loma, CA, '71

CLASS WINNERS
'55-56-57--STOCK Dale Conover, Simi Valley, CA, '57
'55-56-57--STREET Darryl Collins, Las Vegas, NV, '55
'55-56-57--MODIFIED Shirley Goldstrom, Las Vegas, NV, '56
'55-56-57 WAGONS--MODIFIED James & Sandra Eudy, Bakersfield, CA, '57
BIG CAR '49-54--STREET Paul Tremblay, Twentynine Palms, CA, '54
BIG CAR '49-54--MODIFIED Mel & Jeanette Ertz, Grand Junction, CO, '50
BIG CAR '58-89--STOCK Sharon & Gerry Durnall, Alhambra, CA, '61
BIG CAR '58-89--STREET Garland Carson, Henderson, NV, '68
BIG CAR '58-89--MODIFIED Butch Jeter, Redding, CA, '63
BIG CAR '90-96--STREET Tom Frederico, San Diego, CA, '96
BIG CAR '90-96--MODIFIED Modesto Reyes, Sparks, NV, '95
CAMARO '67-69--STOCK Kenny Bayer, Valencia, CA, '69
CAMARO '67-68--STREET Jim & Gail Van Gordon, Alta Loma, CA, '68
CAMARO '69--STREET Steve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, '69
CAMARO '67--MODIFIED Ray St. Clair, Las Vegas, NV, '67
CAMARO '68--MODIFIED Tom & Sean Misday, Henderson, NV, '68
CAMARO '69--MODIFIED Wes Johnson, Lake Havasu, AZ, '69
CAMARO '70-81--STREET John Tsutsui, Ivins, UT, '70 1/2
CAMARO '70-81--MODIFIED David Attaya, Las Vegas, NV, '79
CAMARO '82-92--STOCK Raymond Felix, Mesa, AZ, '90
CAMARO '82-92--MODIFIED David Petersen, Las Vegas, NV, '89
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STOCK John Johnson, El Cajon, CA, '99
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--STREET Jonathan Henson, Santa Barbara, CA, '02
CAMARO '93 & NEWER--MODIFIED Steve Reavis, Apple Valley, CA, '94
CHEVELLE '64-67--STOCK Scott Clark, Laveen, AZ, '66
CHEVELLE '64-65--STREET Darryl Nance, Fountain Valley, CA, '64
CHEVELLE '66-67--STREET Tim Munyer, Lomita, CA, '67
CHEVELLE '64-67--MODIFIED Gene & Lucille Lambert, Wellsville, KS, '64
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STOCK Neil Anderson, Nibley, UT, '70
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--STREET Chris Christensen, Tempe, AZ, '68
CHEVELLE '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED Lance Love, Nuevo, CA, '70
CONTEMPORARY--STREET Michael Knight, Las Vegas, NV, '02 Monte Carlo
CONVERSION '29 & EARLIER--MODIFIED Billy Hollimon, N. Las Vegas, NV, '23 Ford
CONVERSION '30-48--MODIFIED John Whitlock, Rio Rancho, NM, '34 Ford
CONVERSION '49 & NEWER--MODIFIED Randall Connell, Las Vegas, NV, '52 Ford
CORVETTE '53-67--STOCK Ed Camp, Henderson, NV, '63
CORVETTE '53-67--STREET Paul King, Bakersfield, CA, '64
CORVETTE '53-67--MODIFIED Bill & Karen Verboon, Hanford, CA, '62
CORVETTE '68-82--STREET Bill Melinat, Altadena, CA, 78
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STOCK Lee Lieberg, Westminster, CA, '00
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--STREET Kevin Giorgi, Hendersonville, NV, '92
CORVETTE '84 & NEWER--MODIFIED Ron Rockwell, Las Vegas, NV, '00
EARLY CHEVROLET '35 & EARLIER--MODIFIED
Dave & Sharon Richison, Carson City, NV, '34
EARLY CHEVROLET '36-48--MODIFIED
Steve Sandlin, Las Vegas, NV, '48
EL CAMINO--STOCK David & Donna Williams, Anza, CA, '70
EL CAMINO--STREET Darwin Valentine, Buena Park, CA, '66
EL CAMINO '60's--MODIFIED Bob Michael, Las Vegas, NV, '65
EL CAMINO '70's & NEWER--MODIFIED Randy Duke, Phoenix, AZ, '72
MONTE CARLO--STOCK Jim Hironimus, Las Vegas, NV, '87
MONTE CARLO--MODIFIED Ren Briggs, Bullhead City, AZ, '72
NOVA '62-67--STOCK John & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, '65
NOVA '62-67--STREET John & Sylvia Piccola, Las Vegas, NV, '65
NOVA '62-67--MODIFIED Christian & Marlene Morrow, Mission Viejo, CA, '66
NOVA '68 & NEWER--STOCK Dick Brandt, Riverside, CA, '70
NOVA '68 & NEWER--MODIFIED Chuck & Brenda Immormino, Victorville, CA, '71
OPEN--STOCK Jerry Yoder, Sumner, WA, '65 Corvair
OPEN--MODIFIED Joe Benites, Las Vegas, NV, '66 Corvair
PRO STREET '50's & '60's--MODIFIED
Kim & Diane Lapick, San Clemente, CA, '69 Chevelle
PRO STREET '70's & NEWER--MODIFIED
Chris Connolly, Brighton, CO, '74 Corvette
PRO STREET TRUCK--MODIFIED Eddie Daniel, Las Vegas, NV, '74 truck
STREET CRUISER Ole Anderson, Bellingham, WA, '67 Impala
STREET CRUISER Mike Whitfield, Moreno Valley, CA, '56 Bel Air
TRUCK '49-72--STREET Phillip Mabry, Chandler, AZ, '71
TRUCK '56 ONLY--MODIFIED John Lopez, Whittier, CA, '56
TRUCK '49-55 & '57-72--MODIFIED Jesse Hefner, Nampa, ID, '55
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--STREET Rick Andrade, Corona, CA, '01
TRUCK '88 & NEWER--MODIFIED Sieg & Brian Montano, Albuquerque, NM, '89
4X4 TRUCK--STREET Paul Krause, Fairfield, CA, '70
4X4 TRUCK--MODIFIED Tom Tait, Camarillo, CA, '74
MINI TRUCK--STREET James Day, Chino, CA, '01
MINI TRUCK--MODIFIED Joel Stevenson, Las Vegas, NV, '99
SUV--STOCK Bill & Karen Gillissie, Monrovia, CA, '02
SUV--STREET Gino Tidoni, Los Angeles, CA, '74
SUV--MODIFIED Chuck & Cynthia Coulter, Sedona, AZ, '59
4X4 SUV--STOCK Michael Anderson, Las Vegas, NV, '58
4X4 SUV--STREET Jimmy Vianu, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, '02
4X4 SUV--MODIFIED Sam Fouts, Las Vegas, NV, '73

DRAG RACE RESULTS
EDITOR'S CHOICE TOP TEN DRAG CARS
Al Bufford, Lakewood, CA, '68 Camaro
Sherman Claggett, Henderson, NV, '57 Chevy
Bill Culver, Las Vegas, NV, '67 Chevelle
Chuck Dudley, Salt Lake, UT, '70 Nova
Kirk Eldredge, Las Vegas, NV, '68 Camaro
Kevin & Val Houmard, San Dimas, CA, '70 Camaro
Gil Nevarez, Henderson, NV, '66 Nova
Sam Robinson, Ontario, CA, '57 truck
Kayla Sewell, Henderson, NV, Jr. Dragster
Chan Stowell, Frankfort, KS, '66 Caprice
BRACKET 1
WINNER--Bob Tietz, Ontario, CA, '94 dragster, 8.390 @ 151.43mph
RUNNER-UP--Sam Boyd, Cucamonga, CA, '92 Altered, 8.119 @ 162.33mph
BRACKET 2
WINNER--Mark Meier, Las Vegas, LV, '72 Vega, 12.256 @ 107.50mph RUNNER-UP--Robert Juarez, San Pedro, CA, '68 Chevelle, 11.192 @ 113.94mph
DOT STREET TIRE
WINNER--Jimmy Mock, Yorba Linda, CA, '65 Chevelle, 12.202 @ 110.86mph
RUNNER-UP--John Irving, Boulder City, NV, '02 Camaro, 13.399 @ 100.90mph
NITRO COUPES
WINNER--Dan Nickelson, La Verne, CA, '94 Beretta, 6.379 @ 234.70mph
RUNNER-UP--Jim Nordhougen, Longmont, CO, '41 Chevy coupe, 6.420 @ 220.15mph
SATURDAY BRACKET RACE
WINNER--Brandon Potts, Henderson, NV, '72 Chevelle, 10.714 @ 123.76mph
RUNNER-UP--"Papa Joe" Furiani, San Gabriel, CA, '81 Olds Cutlass, 10.212 @ 129.23mph
JUNIOR DRAGSTERS
WINNER--Shannon Robin, Alta Loma, CA, '00 McGee, 8.272 @ 75.03mph
RUNNER-UP--Ty Sanders, Las Vegas, NV, '01 So. Cal. Perf., 8.614 @ 71.28mph
 
NITRO COUPE POINT STANDINGS
1. Dan Nickelson 530 pts.
2. Jim Nordhougen 480
3. Bruce Boland 270
4. Gary Irving 250
5. Mike Swinarski 220
6. John Reynolds 150
7. Jerry Hicks 75
8. John Scialpi 70

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